Highlighting 5 areas of learning in my personal and professional life.
A deep dive on the finances of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1963, and what activists can do today to manage fundraising and accounting data.
A peak at several ways of organizing real data about volunteers in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement and how to embrace a civil-rights-movement-informed data culture in your work today!
Who enters data? To what extent does their opinion matter? How often do we thank them? I look into these questions, and more, in this post about Dr. King's secretaries.
What role should technologists play in social movements? Let's check in with some movement all stars. Spoiler alert - it depends!
Reading about the SCLC's impact in their voter registration efforts leads to a fantasy about how to build a database for civil rights metrics. Hats off to my personal hero, Jack O'Dell.
Did you know that one of the Civil Rights Movement's most dynamic leaders was a mathematician? Read more in this post dedicated to Bob Moses z"l.
Do good databases save precious time? Let's see what 19th century British economists (and me) have to say about that! (Spoiler alert: the answer is no)
Ella Baker, brilliant organizer and relationship builder, must have kept a list of names and addresses - but exactly where and how are still a mystery. Musings on this and much more about Ella Baker's legacy (including some primary source documents!).
5 lessons from Dr. King and his entourage on movement building through problem solving and behind-the-scenes system crafting.